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How to choose the right web designer for your website

Published 08/24/11

In modern era, websites have stood out as the best marketing tool for any business. Before you create a website for your business, it is critical that you follow certain criteria. The basic ones are, though you might be an expert businessman never assign the website developing task to freelance web developers and two is that, never do the work on your own. Though you might have some basic knowledge regarding developing websites, it is important to go for the expert call for such things.

Hiring an expert developer is never an easy task as there are so many companies and freelancers available in the market providing similar kind of services. Although this article will help you differentiate among them and choose wiser. Regardless of what kind of business you are running, it is of utter significance to have a good quality website and you ought to choose the best in the market for assigning the task.

Some of the considerations you ought to follow while deciding are:

  • Cost of work
  • Customer service/ free access
  • Credibility of the firm
  • Experience in the field
  • Other benefits provided
  • Turnaround time

When it comes to cost of website development, some of the common question that would help you choose among the best are:

  • Does the final price quote inclusive of everything for the entire project?
  • Is there a monthly fee for website hosting?
  • Is the website custom built or is it customization of an already existing template?
  • Is there separate fee for content development?
  • Registration/Management included in the price?
  • Does the firm provide multiple design concepts before actual development?

Never choose a firm just because they charge cheaper when compared to other firms. Such firms are mostly inexperienced and thus might create websites of poorer quality. In which case, whatever you invest on your website becomes a total waste of money.

When it comes to customer service, every development firm should have open communication with their clients. The company might be really good in their work but without the basic transparency in their work it becomes very hard for clients to deal. Open contact with your firm is necessary to ensure success before, during and at the aftermath of your website development.

There are some basic indicators which pin points the credibility of a website firm. They are toll free numbers, 24 hour customer service, better business bureau affiliation, e-mail address contacts, and Google page rank of 2 or above, presentation of hard copy of contract.

Few questions which answers about firm’s experience in the field are:

  • Websites available for review?
  • Do they conduct research regarding your business?
  • Do they highlight features, benefits and value of my products or services?
  • Do they have a good plan regarding how to go about the project?

An effective turnaround time for any website should take about 30 to 60 days to go live. No matter how complicated your website turns out to be, it shouldn’t take more than 60 days.

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